sustainable development plan

Sustainable Development Planning

We are specialists in sustainable transport and are well positioned to support clients in delivering well-crafted and endurable development aspirations, across the UK.  Our committed and agile team think creatively and objectively about effective ways of developing sustainable transport strategies that support new and enhanced places.  We have advised clients on small residential developments all the way through to preparation of strategies for large mixed communities and urban extensions.  Senior staff are experienced in the art of Public Inquiries and Examinations.

Our philosophy is that sustainable movement is an essential part of sustainable development, and should be integrated into development proposals and masterplans from the outset.  Our approach seeks to:

We understand the opportunities and constraints within local authorities, and how they may be brought to bear to achieve successful development aspirations.


Our services include

  • Supporting site selection & identification through strategic access and accessibility studies
  • Masterplanning, including Movement and Access Strategies
  • Public Transport Strategies & Operations
  • Walking and cycling appraisal
  • Preparation of Transport Assessments & Transport Statements
  • Access Design & Layout
  • Junction, Highway and Public Transport Modelling including Micro-simulation
  • Travel Plan Preparation and implementation, including acting as Travel Plan Co-ordinator
  • Highway Engineering Design
  • Negotiation and implementation of S106, S278 Agreements and discharging of highways planning conditions
  • Supporting developers through the Local Plan process including through Examination
  • Acting as Expert Witness for Public Inquiries & Hearings


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Project Examples

Adastral Park development – Since 2007 ITP has been providing highways and transportation planning support to BT for their main research and development centre, Adastral Park, located east of Ipswich.  BT’s proposals for the site include plans for the creation of a new residential community alongside Adastral Park, with the creation of 2,000 new jobs and 2,000 new homes, along with supporting infrastructure.  We have prepared a detailed transport assessment, involving modelling of multi-modal trip generation and distribution, microsimulation (using S-Paramics) of the traffic impact of the development proposals and development of highway engineering proposals to mitigate the impact of additional trips on the road network.  This has been done in parallel with development of a pioneering travel plan for the site, for which we have provided hands-on implementation support.

North Fareham strategic development area - ITP was commissioned, alongside Campbell Reith, to prepare a smarter choices strategy for the North Fareham Strategic Development Area. The work involved a review of the existing transport strategy for the site and a detailed investigation of how smarter choices could help deliver objectives for modal shift and self containment.  The work supported an Area Action Plan (AAP) for the site and therefore was based on robust evidence.  Framework travel plans were prepared, and recommendations made on how best to secure their delivery through the planning process.

Eastgate Renewable Energy Village transport assessment  - ITP has been involved for a number of years in the development of proposals for the former Lafarge quarry and cement works site in Eastgate, County Durham.  The site is planned as a sustainable development focused around all five sources of renewable energy, and will include housing, employment, an education centre and recreational facilities that will make it a significant tourist and visitor attraction.  ITP has advised on the transport strategy for the development, including how to move people between the village in the valley to the activities and facilities at higher levels.  This has involved a broad feasibility assessment of a cable car system, and comparison against a road-based service.  Advice has been provided on parking requirements, the layout of the development, the transport impact and travel plan measures. 

Petersfield spatial strategy - ITP, working alongside David Lock Associates, provided transport and access advice to East Hampshire District Council and South Downs National Park Authority on a spatial strategy for the market town of Petersfield.  ITP undertook initial consultation with key transport stakeholders and public consultation with residents from Petersfield and surrounding areas.  We used this information, together with industry best practice, to advocate a sustainable transport strategy that meets the development proposals for the market town and manages future transport movements in an effective and sustainable manner.

Tamesis Point transport strategy, transport assessment and travel plan – ITP has been working with a developer for a number of years on the major Tamesis Point development.  This is a visionary regeneration project, bringing 2,000 homes to a mile of the Thames riverfront in Greenwich.  We have ensured that sustainable transport has been an integral part of the planning process from the start through an integrated transport and movement strategy.  We have also been responsible for transport assessment, development of a framework travel plan and planning of a low emission strategy for the site.

Hart Hill masterplan - ITP worked with DLA to prepare a strategic transport and access appraisal in respect of Hart Hill masterplan, which forms part of the Brierley Hill AAP area in the West Midlands.  This strategic appraisal included consideration of the masterplan within the broader public transport strategy for Brierley Hill; advice on the most appropriate method to physically safeguard options for a rapid transit system within the masterplan area; and advice on localised highway and accessibility improvements.

Wuhan East Lake, China – ITP and DLA were commissioned by Wuhan Planning and Design Institute to produce a concept masterplan and complementary transport strategy for the Innovation Model Zone in Wuhan, which has been designated as a pilot “Resource Saving and Environmentally Friendly” city by China's State Council. The transport strategy put forward by ITP was focussed on offering sustainable accessibility to support economic growth and social mobility, with an emphasis on promoting non-motorised modes. A public transport network vision was designed with state of the art transport modelling techniques applied at the heart of the methodology. Mass transit systems were identified to deliver a high quality, high capacity service from the outset. The importance of integration with key external connections was emphasised, including high speed rail, the airport, Wuhan CBD and the extension of the subway system. Our approach received high praise for putting the needs of people rather than cars at the heart of a fully integrated transport system.

Cebu City transport strategy development, the Philippines - The Cebu South Road Properties (SRP) is a major mixed use development built upon reclaimed land located some 2km west of Cebu City centre. It represents major growth in both residential, commercial and retail development. At its peak the development will generate in excess of 20,000 trips per hour. ITP was appointed by GTZ through the City Development in Asia (CDIA) initiative to develop a transport strategy for the SRP. This involved developing a trip generation database for the SRP and a means of distributing trips and determining mode share using spreadsheet modelling techniques. A three phase public transport strategy was developed that matched the development timeframe. This strategy started with a conventional bus service, migrating to a high quality public transport route before culminating in a full BRT that complements the proposed City BRT when operational. The strategy was developed through close liaison with investors in order to make most of the relationship between land use and transport.

Adrenaline Alley transport assessment – Adrenaline Alley in Corby provides a regional centre for urban sports and attracts visitors from all over Europe.  We were commissioned by Corby Borough Council to undertake transport assessment and travel plan development work for a new site that it is hoped will become a new and iconic tourist attraction for Corby.  This will build on the current success of Adrenaline Alley to offer new broader community sports and cultural activity, and form an important asset and legacy for the 2012 Olympics. Our work enabled Corby Borough Council to make an informed judgment on the potential highways and transport impact of the development, and how this could be offset through the implementation of measures to promote sustainable travel to the site and highway mitigation measures.